Burton: To get ahead in the workplace, get ahead at the gym
With an unemployment rate hovering around 3.5%, it's fair to say that most people have a job in America. Whether that's at an office, working from home, or driving, just about everyone has to wake up, and make money.
In the workplace, people work hard in order to get a raise or a promotion so they might make some extra cash. In order to get that raise or promotion, you might need to work harder, or more effectively. To do this, you should consider working harder in the gym.
A study published in 2016 found that employees who exercised the same day they had work saw a 15% increase in workplace productivity. About 200 workers were included, who were asked about their mood, performance, and mode of exercise they performed. Approximately six out of 10 employees said they had increased time management skills and mental performance on days they exercised.
Further data was gathered in order to better understand how exercise helps performance in the workplace, and it was found that after exercise, people were better able to block out irrelevant subjects and were better able to respond to the information given to them.
It's no wonder why 75% of well-performing companies keep track of employee health. Increased employee health has not only been shown to increase performance, but also reduce the number of sick days taken.
So how can companies, and their employees, improve performance at work?
The simplest answer is to increase the amount of exercise that everyone is partaking in. This can manifest itself in many forms for companies. Some, like Google, choose to have multiple fitness centers, and some companies, like Nike, have trails and classes for employees.
Fitness classes for employees may be the most effective way for employees to exercise, as it promotes teamwork with coworkers, while receiving all the benefits of exercising. If your current workplace doesn't have any implemented fitness programs, consider talking to your employer about putting one in place. It benefits everyone, so why not give it a try?
If your company still won't allow a fitness program, you could try walking during your lunch break, cycling to work, or maybe taking that dance class with your coworker that you've been looking at for the past week.
All it takes to boost performance is 30 to 60 minutes of increased heart rate. So get creative. Go on a hike, go for a swim or do a home workout while you watch some television. It doesn't take much, but if you can get it done, your body, and your boss, will thank you.
Will Burton is a personal trainer and the owner of Mobile Training Systems in Sherwood. He has experience training athletes and members of the general population and holds multiple certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
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